Suggested places to stay en route

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Suggested places to stay en route

Postby weatherman » 19 Aug 2011, 5:26pm

I plan to undertake this journey for charity next year and would appreciate some suggestions of places to stay. Has anyone managed to obtain discount rates at B&B's when raising money for charity.

I would also be interested in finding out if anyone else might be interested in accompanying me. I am 44, keen environmentalist with a good educational background and like to undertake challenges.

My only drawback is that I am not terribly good at organising things because of having Asperger Syndrome.


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Re: Suggested places to stay en route

Postby robgul » 19 Aug 2011, 7:14pm

Not to throw cold water on your plan ... BUT the world and his brother (and B&Bs) get requests for "deals and freebies" from potential end-to-end riders .. times are hard and unless you are doing something remarkable/out of the ordinary* it's "just another bloke cycling the E2E" and unlikely to result in discounts.

BUT shopping around, if you have a plan, should, in my experience, find places with keen rates ..

And of course you could visit http://www.cycle-endtoend, for inspiration and information


*UPDATE : A bloke has just done the JOGLE in 10 days ... RUNNING a marathon (26.2) miles each morning and then CYCLING 100 miles or so on a tandem the same day - and he's blind .... Google "Blind Dave Heeley" and you'll find him ... raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Re: Suggested places to stay en route

Postby mill4six » 19 Aug 2011, 8:44pm

These were ours, I've given them marks out of 10. Some were a little basic, others quite plush.

Sat 2nd May Kalynack B&B St Just 01736 787633 7/10
Sun 3rd Treyarnon YHA 0845 3719664 10/10
Mon 4th Exeter YHA 0845 3719516 6/10
Tues 5th Home 10/10
Wed 6th Black Sheep Backpackers Abergavenney 01873 859125 5/10
Thurs 7th Bridges Long Mynd YHA 01588 650656 7/10 (Dry, no alcohol ?puritan warden but very welcoming)
Fri 8th Parr Hall Farm Eccleston 01257 451917 9/10
Sat 9th Hawkshead YHA 0845 3719321 7/10
Sun 10th Rowanbank Guesthouse Annan 01461 204200 7/10
Mon 11th Stronvar Guest House Ayr 01292 284065 8/10
Tues 12th Inveraray SYHA 01499 302454 7/10
Wed 13th Great glen hostel Laggan Locks 01809 501430 8/10
Thurs 14th Carbisdale Castle SYHA Culrain 01549 421232 7/10 (Dry)
Fri 15th John O’Groats YHA 01955 611761 7/10

The shabbiest was Abergavenny but I wouldn't be afraid to stay there again. The YHA's were good value. Here's my description....

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Re: Suggested places to stay en route

Postby tuftyrowlands » 20 Aug 2011, 7:35am

Here's a list of where we stayed, the phone number and what it cost for three of us. Some placed are popular so might want to book wll ahead. Places like Cheddar and Windermere

25/07/2011 Lands End Letcha Vean, St Just in Penwith TR19 7NT 0845 371 9643 £72.00
26/07/2011 Golant Penquite House Golant Fowey PL23 1LA 0845 371 9019 £54.00
27/07/2011 Yelverton B and B The Rosemont Greenbank Terrace PL20 6DR 01822 852 175 £115.00
28/07/2011 Exeter Globe BP 71 Holloway Street Exeter EX2 4JD 01392 215 521 £53.00
29/07/2011 Cheddar Hillfield Cheddar Somerset BS27 3HN 0845 371 9143 £54.00
30/07/2011 Welsh Bicknor Ross on Wye HR9 6JJ 0845 371 9666 £54.00
31/07/2011 Clun Mill The Mill Craven Arms Shropshire SY7 8NY 0845 371 9112 £48.00
01/08/2011 Chester Backpackers 67 Boughton Chester CH3 5AF 01244 400 185 £120.00
02/08/2011 Slaidburn Slaidburn Clitheroe Lancs BB7 3ER 0845 371 9343 £48.00
03/08/2011 Windermere Bridge Lane Troutbeck Windermere LA23 1LA 0845 371 9352 £54.00
04/08/2011 Carlisle Travelodge, Cecil Street Carlisle CA1 1NL 0871 984 6374 £58.00
05/08/2011 New Lanark SYHA Wee Row Rosedale Street M11 9DJ 01555 666 710 £50.25
06/08/2011 Stirling SYHA St John Street Stirling FK8 1EA 01786 473 442 £55.50
07/08/2011 Glencoe SYHA Glencoe Balluchulish PH49 4HX 01855 811 219 £60.00
08/08/2011 Loch Ness SYHA Glenmoriston IV63 7YD 01320 351 274 £58.50
09/08/2011 Kyle House Dornoch Road Bonar Bridge Ardgay IV24 3EB 01863 766 360 £90.00
10/08/2011 Tongue SYHA Tongue By Lairg IV27 4XH 01847 611 789 £52.50
11/08/2011 John O Groats SYHA Canisbay Nr Wick KW1 4YH 01955 611 761 £58.50
12/08/2011 Inverness SYHA Victoria Drive Inverness IV2 3QB 01463 231 771 £58.50

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Re: Suggested places to stay en route

Postby Mick F » 20 Aug 2011, 9:30am

Firstly, which way will you be going?
If you live Down South, think about JOG to LE, or if you live Up North, do LE to JOG. This helps with getting home afterwards. Do all the train/roads journeys first and get a good night's sleep before setting off on your bike the next morning.

Secondly, are you supported or unsupported? Also, if you can, call in at home on your way. That helps with clothes/food/rest/etc. If you live in the South East, that's a bit difficult, but perhaps someone could meet you somewhere.

Next, when do want to do this ride and over how long? Can you get enough time off work etc?
Pick your dates and timescale, and pick likely places to stop depending on the distance you want to ride per day.

With those questions answered, you should have a basic framework to go on. Get Googling the towns and areas concerned and see what accommodation is available. Youth Hostels are good value, and pubs with B+B can be very good value too and far more comfortable, but you must book up early. Some folk would tell you that they never booked anywhere and took a chance each day. Personally, I couldn't stand the stress of that and always like an aim for the day knowing that it's all arranged.

Good luck with the planning.
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Re: Suggested places to stay en route

Postby weatherman » 17 Sep 2011, 9:29pm

Thanks to you all for the useful info. I do not have to worry about taking time off work as unfortunately I do not have employment.
I would be interested in hearing from anybody who might be interested in joining me and do not mind whether I start from JOG or LE, it certainly makes more sense the opposite way around. I definitely need someone else to go with and want to raise money for charity and start to raise my profile because of not being able to obtain appropriate employment opportunities.

Staying in Youth Hostels makes sense because of the cost savings but I really need to have a room to myself because of sleep difficulties.